Tony Khan again found himself in some hot water over remarks he made during yesterday’s media call for AEW Full Gear. Khan was asked a question about AEW doing a women’s-only show like NWA’s Empowerrr event. Tony cut her off before she could finish her question.
Khan got a little condescending with Ella Jay, the podcast host and reporter who asked the question. He cut her off and took credit for paying AEW wrestlers to work the NWA event. Khan faced fan and media criticism for his comments and rude behavior.
“I’m gonna cut off your question right there, because I don’t think I get enough credit for what I did for the NWA show. Because a good number of the people that wrestled on the NWA show were wrestlers that I sent and paid. So I do think I contributed because the highest paid wrestlers on that show were actually the people I paid separately from what they already make in AEW to go and wrestle on that show.
And I don’t think they (the NWA) did a very good job of telling people that. Even though it was in the deal that we did. I wish they told more people because it was one of the points I made when we closed. I said, ‘It would be nice if you told people I’m paying the wrestlers coming in, because that’s a big contribution from me’, if that makes sense. So I did pay the wrestlers for that show. It’s kind of like when you pay for a dinner and nobody thanks you.”
The Forbidden Door opening is a great thing for pro wrestling fans, but it is also a very complicated situation. At least Tony Khan was able to get his message across by making sure fans know who to thank for AEW talent showing up on NWA television.
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